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From: "Christy Fillerup" <>
Subject: Re: [TGF]atransitional-genealogist'sviewpointonProfessionalGenealogy
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2008 13:41:35 -0700
My sentiments exactly.
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From: "Melissa Barker" <>
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2008 1:13 PM
Subject: Re: [TGF]
> Dear Elizabeth,
> Hello, you obviously don't need me to tell you how right you are, but this
> post was excellent!
> Melissa Barker
> Genealogist for Tennessee and Kentucky
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> Subject: Re: [TGF] Mary
> Petty-atransitional-genealogist'sviewpointonProfessional Genealogy
>> Mary, I am not saying there is not an "industry" associated with
>> To cut to the quick of the matter, there is a business side to every
>> profession. But when professional genealogists use the term "industry" to
>> describe their own practice they perpetuate the old concepts of genealogy
>> that you decry. Having been an active professional through all the
>> you describe for Jim's experience, and having carried my own spears in
>> battle to have genealogy accepted as a legitimate field for study in
>> accredited academic institutions, my outlook has been very much shaped by
>> the still entrenched assumptions, amid the public as well as the academic
>> world, that (a) genealogy requires no special knowledge, because (b) the
>> records are there, so all a genealogist has to do is go pull them.
>> The concept of genealogy as a learned field that requires extensive
>> knowledge of subject matter--from history to law to DNA--equally
>> knowledge of research principles and standards, and keenly honed
>> abilities is totally foreign to the public mind. Frequent posts on this
>> make that point. Categorizing these highly professional activities as an
>> industry diminishes us to the old concept of genealogists just churning
>> copies of records.
>> I still maintain that Ancestry operates an industry and that most
>> participants of this list practice a profession (and I don't think anyone
>> who knows me would say my concept of genealogy is stuck in the 60s :).
>> Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG
>> Advanced Research Methodology & Evidence Analysis
>> Samford University Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research
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